1978 Chevrolet K5 Blazer Is Today's Bring a Trailer Auction Pick

2022-07-11 21:43:36 By : Ms. Tracy Lei

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This neatly restored K5 Blazer is ready to explore your darkest and dirtiest mud-flinging fantasies.

• This second-generation K5 Blazer was a wildly capable alternative to the Ford Bronco and Dodge Ramcharger of the 1970s and '80s.

• This K5 Blazer has been recently restored with new bits and pieces ranging from fresh door seals to a completely new 350-cubic-inch V-8 engine.

• Bidding is currently at $8500, and the auction ends on July 15.

Something circulating in my blood makes me attracted to old-school heavy Chevys. Maybe it's a natural reaction to the typical blue fog of pushrod perfume that follows most small-block V-8s. It could also be getting things muddy is the nucleus of my love for four-wheel-drive things. Either way, it's tough to look away from this Florida-owned 1978 Chevrolet K5 Blazer Cheyenne that's currently up for auction on Bring a Trailer—which, like Car and Driver, is part of Hearst Autos.

More impressively, the restoration process hasn't gone too far. This K5 Blazer appears to be using OE-style glass three-prong sealed-beam headlights up front and drum brakes at the rear. It's free of obnoxious aftermarket fender flares or a dorky roof-mounted LED light bar. The most modern piece of tech is a RetroSound stereo intended to mimic the chrome-knobbed style of the K5 Blazer's original radio.

This specific example isn't showroom perfect and is kept alive thanks to fresh paint, new floor panels, and a little welding. That makes it a great candidate for a buy-to-drive, rather than a win and park.

It's easy to imagine bouncing down a forest trail road en route to an area that's Wi-Fi- and ad-free. Even Car and Driver's own legendary David E. Davis, Jr. called the K5 Blazer a "steel and fiberglass Paul Bunyan" back in 1979. Today, a K5 is now the nomenclature given to Kia's family sedan, and the current Blazer is more Paul Mitchell than ax wielder.

Bidding is currently at $8500 with four days left in the auction. The K5 Blazer David E. drove had similar options including an electric tailgate window, a rear roll bar, and a $39 "heavy-duty Freedom battery," for $10,478.70. Adjusted for inflation, that's slightly more than $42,000, or roughly the price of a four-door Ford Bronco Outer Banks. Last year a similar K5 Blazer sold for $61,111 on Bring a Trailer but was in arguably better condition with the larger V-8 engine. There was also a 1976 K5 Blazer Cheyenne painted in beautiful Grecian Bronze and white two-tone that sold for $67,000 in January.

Bidding on this one ends on Friday, July 15.